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Old 06-27-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Synthetic or not Synthetic? That is the question

Okay,

This could take a long time to explain, so I am going to generalize it quickly.

The two smartest car people that I personally know on earth say there is no point in me doing synthetic in my car. The also say it won't hurt, but they told me not to bother.

One is my uncle, and his credentials are lengthy...

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i run mobil 1 or castol syntec. i wait till it comes onsale for ~$30 for a jug and use a wix filter.

what ford would put in it will probably be there motorcraft semi-syn oil.

oh and being in Canada too. i noticed synthetics make the car start easier in cold weather, and have heard really help cold start protection.
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does ford run the motorcraft synthetic blend in the 2012?

either run a blend or a full synthetic but stick to one and just change your oil every 3-4k and you should be fine either way
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I have 1050 miles on mine and will be taking it in for my complimentary oil change when I return from a 750 mile or so trip this week. I will go around 3000 miles on that oil and then switch over to Mobil 1 5W-20 with a Motorcraft FL-960S filter. Motorcraft syn blend is a fine oil and serves the purpose well, but as Mike_Mac stated, living in the north (Minnesota) it provides easier start up in sub zero temps. Also, Mobil 1 is rated to go 10,000 miles between changes and with the higher recommended oil change intervals, I feel more comfortable with a full synthetic. I generally drive around 8000 to 10,000 miles a year so I can go with a 8 to 9K, or one year change schedule.
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^if you decide to run your oil past id say like 6k I would try the mobil1 oil filter or the k&n
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I bought my 2000 ZX-3 in 2003 with 40,000 miles. All I have used is Mobile 1. First 5W-30 until 125,000 then I switched to the heavier 10W-30 and the engine seemed to 'tighten up". She now has 216,000 and is running strong. At 209,000 I has a water pulley bolt shear and start knocking. I parked the car immediately, fearing the worse and pulled both pan and valve covers off. everything inside still looks brand new. I didn't pull a crank bearing cap....but I didn't need to at the time, either. I recommend Mobile 1 full synthetic because of my good experience using it. p.s. I change oil and filter every 5,000 miles

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Old 06-27-2011, 05:14 PM   #7
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id say just regular oil. no point in spending the extra $$$ if its not needed
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Synthetic oil is good if you are going over 3,000 miles between oil changes. It will not break down as soon as Dyno oil. But as long as you change oil every 3,000 mile or sooner any good name brand oil will do the job. I have used Castrol GTX oil for a long time and never had any troubles. With my Focus I have changed to Motorcraft syn blend because it cost about the same as Castrol. And I always use a Motorcraft filter. If you are going to be running a turbo or going to build your motor, then it would be good to use Mobil 1 or a full syn oil. But for a stock daily driver save your money.
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I wish that we could change our own oil without losing warranty on the car. as its not that expensive to buy synthetic if your change it yourself. the dealer always charges much more than they should.
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who told you that changing your own oil voids your cars warranty? that is ABSOLUTELY not true, all you have to do is document when and how many miles are on it when you do. I also save my reciepts. I have a little folder in my car and in my Chevy silverado with 225,000 miles anything that I spend money on for either one of them goes into that folder. better safe than sorry. I will look for a link about that law and post it here. in the mean time you can change your own oil without it voiding your warranty
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